About women’s day

As I’ve been scrolling down on my facebook wall today, I kept seeing posts about “we can do it”, “thanks for the women in the world”, “enjoy women’s day”, “equality march”,”you are the best”

I know this might sound dull, but I don’t get the point of women’s day initiative.

Do we need a special day to recognize talent in our society (whether it’s men or women)? to be thankful for the people who inspire us? to be self-confident? to take time for ourselves? to be thankful for our mothers/sisters/daughters/spouses?

Talents should be recognized and nurtured EVERY SINGLE DAY!

O.k., lots of people might argue that we need to highlight inequalities between men&women (especially in terms of salary, in the household chores)

Of course! Of course women need to have easier access to top-management jobs, to be pushed to study scientific fields, to create their own business, to get involved in politics. But isn’t it the job of our institutions (globally & in our countries)?

I think the root of gender inequalities is inequality in general.

A society that promotes equality of chances for ALL its citizens (through free education, health- & childcare) wouldn’t need such a day.  If all couples could afford to go part-time in their job (if they wish to), the competition at work (and in life in general) wouldn’t be that fierce and we would be able to raise more relaxed, serene & self-confident children – as we would be able to make genuine life choices (between working/ being a stay-at-home mum/ or anything else). People will be more available to take care of their homes, families, communities and of the environment in general.

We need more cooperation, not more competition between human beings!


Why new resolutions fail


January being the month for resolutions & good habits, I wondered “why do 99% of new year resolutions fail?” (or at least, disappear after a couple of weeks)

Here is the top 10 of the new year’s resolution that I found here:

Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family

No matter what your resolutions, they won’t last for long until you:

P R E P A R E.

If you think about it, why don’t we stick to healthy diet, to exercise, or make some project happen (travel, learning experience…)?

Simply because we don’t take time to prepare.

Whether you are determined to implement a habit (e.g: running, eat healthy) or achieve something big (e.g. travel the world, meet your soul mate) you need to prepare yourself: mentally & practically.

Take a few minutes – everyday – to picture yourself accomplish what you want to become your reality. Then, think about the steps that needs to implemented to reach your goal.

For instance, if your goal is go running everyday – you know that you need to set time aside for it, put on your sportswear and leave your flat. Don’t let take to your brain to ask: “do I want to go running?” “is it cold outside?” “where are my shoes?” “do I have enough time?” No! Set your alarm, prepare your running clothes & shoes, your cereal bar, your music playlist, etc. Having that prepared in advance, you won’t have to take the decision to run or not – you will just do it.

Same thing for a big achievement, e.g. “Get a promotion”: What do you need to do for that? Are you already working on this everyday? Prepare do-list, ask for feedback to your boss about your competencies: Not only will your goal seem more achievable once you can see clearly the steps, but also you will feel that your everyday efforts have a purpose.

How to cure (almost) anything


in a previous post, I mentioned the habits i want to install for this new year: one of them is “reduce my medication intake”.

Here is a list that help to relief (but do not cure the root cause) 95% of the most common health problems (based on my experience):

  • gigner fresh ginger: a ginger tea soothes nausea, diarrhea, hangover, and improve digestion. Simply cut some slices of fresh ginger and let them infuse in a cup of boiled water. (you can add a few drops of lemon juice to enhance the ginger’s flavor)


  • hot water bottle: for painful periods & after a big meal. I chose one with a fleece cover so I don’t burn my skin. Also a great help to relieve muscles tensions.



tiger balsam

  • white tiger balsam: just use a small quantity to massage your temple and forehead to relieve your headaches. I also use it to relieve muscles tensions in the shoulder after a stressful day.



  • thyme essential oil: Its antibacterial properties are very useful against colds & minor infections: Against cold: in a bowl of hot water, add 2 drops of essential and inhale the steam from the bowl, using a towel above your head to form a “tent”. Also very helpful against thrush & bladder infection: just add 2 or 3 drops to the water of your bath. You can also add 1 or 2 drops to your tea or to a teaspoon of raw honey.


baking soda

  • baking soda: for a quick relief of heartburn: add 1 teaspoon to a glass of water and drink the mixture. The alkaline pH of the baking soda will neutralize the acidity quickly.





  • charcoal capsules: 1 or 2 capsules with a glass of water after a big meal to help digestion. Really help if you feel bloated as it absorbs the gases.



The advice above is only based on my personal experience, this shouldn’t replace a visit to your GP. if you are pregnant, ask your doctor before using any essential oil.

What I like to do on New Year

Happy New Year!

Lots of nice reading, writing & good time with beloved ones.

This morning as I went out in the street to go run, I realized how serene the streets of London are after the big party yesterday. This day always a bit special as everything feels quiet, not that many go out.

I know lots of people will cure their hangover and watch Netflix series at home. Or have some brunch with families or friends. Or watch the New Year parade in London (as I did 2 years ago).

Of course I relax this day, but I like to do a couple of things that will remind me where I have to focus for the rest of the year.

For me January 1st is the day where I like to “set the mood for the other 364 days to come”. I want this day to reflect my state of mind for the whole, and get this “fresh start” feeling for the new year:

To set the mood for this new year, I like to:

– go for a run outside, and see that I need to stay fit this year.

– declutter a bit & tidy up the flat, just to feel better at home.

– write (on this blog or in a journal).

– re-read some books that have inspired me.

– eat clean.

– light up candles and relax.

Have a nice day 🙂


New Year, new look & challenge!

This blog has changed!

As we are about to enter a new year, I thought it would be the best moment to start fresh: I wanted this blog to look clean(er) and easier to read. I am glad I took the time to change the appearance of this blog.

To start 2015 with something stimulating, I want to try to install a “1 post/day” habit: not necessarily a long post (I don’t want to spend more than 1 hour on each post). The goal is to share something. With my own originality.

I want to try this at least for January and see how it goes: does my writing improve? do I have new ideas/thoughts I feel like sharing? does that boost my creativity in general?

Happy New Year and looking forward to share new posts in 2015!!



Things I learnt in 2014


This morning I came across the post on the blog Life optimiser, asking the readers what they learnt during the year.

I thought December 30th would be a good day to think about it – especially as I am back to London in an empty flat with plenty of time for myself.

Reading out loud the question “what have I learnt this year?”, many things came to my mind – especially as this year brought me quite a few struggles and worries: health checks, job searching, integration in a new team, people around me changing lives, etc.

If I can summarize this year in a simple, easy-to-digest list – I would keep:

1. Hard work & skills are not the only things you need to succeed, you also need network and influence.

2. Worrying too much about health make things worse.

3. Your brain cannot function normally if you don’t feed yourself properly. fuel for brain


If you are undernourished, you don’t have control of your emotions.

4. Gifts to your friends – even small ones – matter.

5. Reading on a paper book is more enjoyable than a kindle – altough this one is more convenient.

6. Trips can be enjoyed only if you feel already good, if you are worried you will be the worries in your suitcase.

7. Comparing yourself to others is a waste a time – especially at work.

8. Anticipation is the key thing when it comes to travel

9. You cannot change people –  if you can’t accept their flaws, run away!

10. Paris is an enjoyable place to live.

11. Taking care of your physical appearance is enjoyable and brings some satisfaction.

12. Travelling light brings so much freedom.

13. Contrary to what I thought before, documenting your activities is not something superficial, but helps remembering good memories and realise what you have achieved.

14. Everyone has a different idea of what “comfort” means.

15. You don’t necessarily need nice weather to go out and discover a place.

16. Nasty people/experiences will teach something about you – eventually.

17. No pain no gain (in a work context).

18. Eating vegetarian is really easy and doesn’t require much effort.

19. If you want to lose weight, start by cutting sugar.

20. The joy of life is priceless.

happy reading!



Happy holidays & plans for 2015

Happy holidays 🙂

Santa has been generous with me this year: mainly nice cosmetics, organic sweet treats & books!


Quite a few things kept me away from writing recently. 2014 brought me a fair amount of concerns: health & work mainly.

I realised I got distracted very easily this year and lost tremendous energy in things that didn’t make me feel good about myself (having regrets, over-thinking…)

My priority for this year is to improve in what I do already, stop looking back and comparing myself to others and appreciate my improvements.

This year my key word is: F O C U S

As the new year is starting soon, there are a couple of things I want to stay focused on:

B L O G: 1 post/a day challenge! at least I want take the challenge for January and see how it goes and how my writing can progress.

Home made miso soup with squid, spinach & soba noodles

H E A L T H: keep the good habits I implemented this year:

  • running x2/week
  • healthy home cooked meals: trying to avoid wheat & dairy
  • fruit&nuts based breakfast
  • limit my medication intake (incl. pain killers)
  • use natural remedies (e.g. essential oils)
  • keep calm

T R A V E L: plan more ahead to avoid expensive air fares! I found a very good tool for that, the one-year calendar that I found on Leslie Jerkins blog. I use it to mark all the bank holidays ahead so I can plan better trips with my partner & friends, and track my time off from work.

I don’t want to have a “bucket list” of destinations so I stay open for different travel possibilities.

Praça do Comércio – Lisbon, Portugal

R E L A T I O N S H I P S: I want to be more mindful of others and show my beloved ones that I am there for them, especially as I live abroad. In particular:

  • let go of the past
  • meet people on a more regular basis
  • be more in the present moment

L E I S U R E: I don’t necessarily want to increase my free time, especially as I have a full-time job that takes a lot of energy and concentration. What I want is to spent more time of my free time in things that make me happy:

  • discover new paths in London
  • read more books
  • reduce time spent on screens
  • go to concerts more often

E N V I R O N M E N T: This year I discovered a few blogs and I got very inspired about reducing my footprint and contributing at a humble level to a cleaner planet:

  • reduce my waste
  • buy fewer plastic items
  • use more natural alternatives for home cleaning & personal care.

I will probably update this as the year progress. In the mean time, enjoy your holidays!